A favour is a small gift that you give your guests as a memento of the occasion, and is often personalised or ties in with your wedding theme in some way. The tradition of giving wedding favours is very old. The original favour was known as a bonbonniere, and was given as a party gift among artistocrats. They were little boxes made from precious metals or porcelain, and filled with sweets or sugar cubes. As sugar was a highly priced commodity at the time, it was seen as a sign of wealth and favour (hence the name). Of course, as many traditions originating in the aristocracy did, this filtered down to the ‘regular’ folk, and gift-giving became more popular. As sugar became more affordable, sugar-coated almonds became the traditional wedding favour, and up to quite recently were still a very popular choice for weddings.
Nowadays, not all couples choose to give wedding favours, as it is often seen as an unnecessary expense and many are left behind at the end of the night. However, there are still many who like to give their guests a little memento of the day, and there are some fantastic wedding favours that can be made or bought on a budget. Edible gifts are very popular items to give, with couples also choosing to give little bottles of wine or spirits, tea or coffee. Others choose to give favours which fit in with their overall wedding theme, such as flower seeds for a rustic, outdoorsy wedding or CDs or records for a musical wedding. Here at WeddingCandles.ie we can design & create personalised candles to match your theme while delivering your thank you message to each of your guests. If you do choose to give wedding favours, give yourself plenty of time to order or make them! Packing little boxes or bags the night before your wedding is an unnecessary stress. Another option now is to make a donation to a chosen charity in lieu of offering wedding favours to guests. Here are some of our favourites from around the web!
Are you planning to give favours at your wedding? What have you picked?